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AM3 Mobo and DDR2 Ram?


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#1 komputerfreek

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 05:20 PM

I am looking for a new mobo and have been looking at the AM3 socket motherboards on Newegg and they all seem to only support DDR3 which sucks for me because I have brand new DDR2 ram. I was wondering if the AM3 mobos would be backward compatible with DDR2/DDR3 ram (I'm not looking to combine them just use one or the other, I really do not want to have to buy new ram).

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 07:39 PM

DDR2 and DDR3 are physically different, they will not fit in the others socket.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 10:04 PM

You should go with AM3 motherboards which use DDR3 now as that is a memory standard which will be used in upcoming motherboards whereas DDR2 is all but dead for new builds that are above low-end. When you upgrade again later, you will be able to take the RAM with you. You can get AM2/AM2+/AM3 combo motherboards that support DDR2, but those are usually older models like the ASUS M4A77D AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 10:43 PM

You can order a motherboard with AM2+ and DDR2 and it will work, AM3 will work in a AM2+ socket, and many AM2 sockets, with DDR2, however, AM2 and AM2+ CPUs will not work in a AM3 motherboard, and DDR2 will not work in a DDR3 motherboard, or vise versa.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 11:59 PM

Hmmm decisions decision, I just bought DDR2 ram =/ anyone know where I can get reliable cheap DDR3 4GB ram?

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 08:42 PM

newegg is my number one spot if your in the US, with TigerDirect being the second. The brands I typically recomend trust, is #1 Patriot, #2 Corsair or G.SKill, (their tied) and #3 OCZ.

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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